After witnessing massive traffic snarls for seven days, the road stretch from Mamura to Labour Chowk was closed for traffic early on Sunday.
Serpentine queues of vehicles were seen during both morning and evening rush hours on the stretch due to road digging work for laying underground sewer line. The ongoing work had narrowed the road, creating a bottleneck.
Barriers have been put up to block traffic nearly 300 metres from Mamura Chowk towards Khora due to deep digging work. The stretch connects Sector 62 with Sector 12/22 and is used by tens of thousands of commuters every day.
Vivek Awasthi, who works with a private company at Sector 59 and commutes to Sector 15 daily said, “It has been a big headache for the past few days and now it is uncertain for how long the work will go on.”
Traffic has been diverted towards Sector 58 for those going towards Labour Chowk. However, some vehicles can be seen running on the wrong side on nearly half a kilometre stretch along Khora.
“I will inspect the road on Monday and issue necessary advisory. Meanwhile, I have come to know that the Noida authority has assured traffic police that traffic will not be disturbed completely for a long period as the work will be done in phases. The one-way carriage from Mamura to Labour Chowk will still have a lane left for light vehicles at least and this was happening until Saturday,” said Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP) traffic.
On May 13, former SP (traffic) Sanjay Singh had turned down authority’s plea to stop traffic movement on the stretch for sewer line project.
“The reason we had denied permission earlier was because constructions are underway across the city and have posed a big problem for traffic. We had said that the authority should not disturb all roads or avoid Mamura Road for the time being till the Sector 60 intersection is cleared for traffic where an underpass is being constructed,” said Dharmendra Singh Yadav, traffic inspector.